prof.dr. K. Pfeffer (Karin)

Full Professor


Social Sciences
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Business & Economics


I am holding the chair Infrastructuring Urban Futures in the Research theme PLUS – People, Land and Urban Systems. 

The chair analyses past and present developments of urban processes, and develops scientific methods, approaches and tools to sketch, simulate and analyse urban futures in a collaborative planning environment. The term infrastructuring emphasizes the important relationship between urban development, infrastructures and services (e.g. transport, energy, water, telecommunication, etc.), and it expresses the need to rethink and innovate the way cities are managed and developed. The pressure on urban planners to re-invent their practices raises the question of how research can engage with, and participate in, the development of new urban planning practices which address issues of urban sustainability and the tension between efficiency and inequality. Therefore, the chair investigates how urban governance actors (state, corporates, citizens, academia) develop, organize and practice access to urban infrastructure (transport, energy, water, sewage, etc) and how Geo-T can enhance the planning of and access to urban infrastructures balancing sectorial and social priorities. It combines quantitative, spatial (GIS and Remote Sensing techniques) and qualitative methods and employs a multi-stakeholder perspective to generate information and knowledge from different data sources in urban areas and investigate its use in urban governance and planning processes. 

My specific research topics are:

  • Urban infrastructures and infrastructuring
  • Urban planning support
  • Urban poverty and spatial inequalities
  • Mapping and analyzing urban deprivations / slum areas
  • Urbanisation patterns and processes
  • Sensorial environment of urban public spaces
  • Smart urbanism and urban lifestyles
  • Urban remote sensing
  • Geo-technologies and digital technologies
  • Geographic information analysis and spatial knowledge
  • Participatory mapping / qualitative GIS



Flacke, J. , Hoefsloot, F. I. , & Pfeffer, K. (2023). Co-designing and mapping for accessible cities: A cross-disability project in Zwolle, the Netherlands. In R. Goodspeed, R. Sengupta, M. Kyttä, & C. Pettit (Eds.), CUPUM 2023: The 18th International Conference on Computational Urban Planning and Urban Management (The Urban Book Series). Centre for Open Science.
Hoefsloot, F. I. (2022). Knowledge infrastructures for just urban futures: A case of water governance in Lima, Peru. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation]. University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC). https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554848

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds (building no. 19), room 1418
Hallenweg 8
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Langezijds  1418
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands